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Beads and amulets

This group of beads and amulets contains: a) one amethyst hand amulet b) one amethyst hawk amulet c) one carnelian hawk amulet e) one long irregularly shaped bead or amulet of brown stone f) two amazonite hippo head amulets (Object Register lists 4) g) one faience quatrefoil bead h)...

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From Egypt, Sheikh Farag SF 255 stairway. 1923: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition



Shiekh Farag, Egypt


Smallest: 0.3 cm (1/8 in.) Largest: 1.5 cm (9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Stone, faience, carnelian, amethyst, amazonite


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads